December 31, 2013
Northwest VEG is excited to welcome three new board members, Kathy Peterman, Rachel Stein, and Larry Simpson; as well as two returning board members, Eric Day and Wendy Gabbe Day. Please read on to find out a little more about each new member!
Kathy Peterman: As a Registered Nurse for 33 years, health is of vital importance to me. Even as a kid, I had "vegetarian tendencies" not liking most meats or eggs, but it wasn't until the February 2011 Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise that I was able to make the shift to a vegan diet. So it was health that got me here, but every day I learn more about compassion for animals and veganism as a lifestyle, not just a diet. I joined the NW VEG board because I believe in the work that NW VEG is doing and I'd like to give back for the great classes and fun dine outs and events they provide to our community.
Rachel Stein: As a long time vegan (and, before that, vegetarian), I am interested in helping get the word out about the animal rights, environmental, and human issues surrounding veganism. I have been a member of Northwest VEG for a few years, done some volunteering at Portland VegFest, and I'm on the Try Vegan PDX planning committee; being a board member seemed like the natural next step in my involvement. I am looking forward to helping continually improve this organization, which is so well-known and influential in the Portland area vegan community. I have a degree in nonprofit management and extensive volunteer and professional experience with nonprofits, so I have a lot to offer to a growing organization in strategic planning, management, marketing, and other areas. I am excited about getting to know more vegans in the Portland area and helping plan events that will introduce even more people to Northwest VEG, and to the vegan lifestyle and all it has to offer.
Larry Simpson: I became a vegan approximately 9 years ago due primarily to the belief that the body can be self-healing if we support it with the correct nourishment. This was my narrow view of veganism at the time, which due to association with NW VEG has broadened to include issues such as animal cruelty, clothing, and our responsibility to make life choices that support our universe. I became interested in the board through participation as a kitchen assistant at Portland VegFest and exposure to the guest chefs and speakers. It became clear that this group supported all of our efforts to educate and support those who were attempting to change their lives. I look forward to assisting and supporting NW VEG to reach a broader group of individuals to have a positive impact on their lives. NW VEG is a dynamic, growing organization and I want to part of that growth.
Wendy Gabbe Day: I�m excited to return to the NW VEG board after a year absence. I�m looking forward to teaching some new Veg Kids cooking classes, as well as helping plan our Race for the Animals and Portland VegFest. In addition to NW VEG, I�m a cooking instructor, author of the cookbook, Scatter Vegan Sweets, and proud mama of a vegan toddler. I've been a vegetarian since birth, and a vegan for most of my life. I played college basketball and like to stay active with hiking, biking, and yoga. Our cooking adventures can be found at: livelydays.com
Eric Day: I'm glad to be back and part of the NW VEG community after returning to Portland. As a long time vegan I'm excited to be volunteering my time helping NW VEG reach more people in our community and promote our message of compassion, health, and sustainability. As a software engineer I'll be focusing on improving the technical side of NW VEG to help it run more efficiently, hopefully allowing staff and volunteers to have an even larger impact. I can't wait to see you all at one of our upcoming events!